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This year's nominees in the Best Picture category.

Atonement

  • The Story: Based on Ian McEwan's novel, the story of a pair of lovers torn apart by a young girl's misunderstanding.
  • Directed By: Joe Wright
  • Total Number of Nominations: Seven
  • Film Fact: The entire movie was shot in England, including the invasion of Dunkirk; the town of Redcar doubled for that French city.
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Juno

  • The Story: Ellen Page stars as quick-witted teen who gets pregnant and decides to give the baby to a couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) eager to adopt.
  • Directed By: Jason Reitman
  • Total Number of Nominations: Four
  • Film Fact: The hamburger phone Juno uses during the film belongs to screenwriter Diablo Cody.
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Michael Clayton

  • The Story: George Clooney plays a legal "fixer" who gets in the middle of a nasty class action lawsuit.
  • Directed By: Tony Gilroy
  • Total Number of Nominations: Six
  • Film Fact: Writer-director Gilroy first came up with the idea for "Clayton" in 1997, when he was working on the script for "The Devil's Advocate."
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No Country for Old Men

  • The Story: A hunter comes upon a botched drug deal and a case full of cash in this drama, based on Cormac McCarthy's novel.
  • Directed By: Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Total Number of Nominations: Eight
  • Film Fact: "No Country" marks the twelfth directorial effort by the Coen brothers.
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There Will Be Blood

  • The Story: The story of a miner who becomes an oil tycoon (Daniel Day-Lewis) and the moral challenges he faces.
  • Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Total Number of Nominations: Eight
  • Film Fact: The role of Eli Sunday was originally played by a different actor, but was recast with Paul Dano.
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